Toulouse, France

Toulouse, France

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Pretty in pink—a colorful landscape unfurled

Whether you're in the market for a romantic getaway or an outdoor adventure, Toulouse, the capital of France's Occitanie region, caters to a variety of interests. With the sleepy Garonne River cutting through Old Town—a cozy neighborhood filled with narrow, brick-lined streets—the city offers a charming landscape. Book a Toulouse vacation rental and you'll never be far from the city's famed pink skyline, made possible by the terracotta bricks used in many of its buildings. You'll also have the chance to breath in fresh air as you explore the lush parks and quaint canals throughout the region.

Make nature your home—go play outside!

You may love your Toulouse vacation rental, but there's a whole city and countryside outside your door waiting to be discovered. For starters, the 17th-century Canal du Midi is a 150-mile waterway—which you can explore by boat, bike, or on foot—that connects the Garonne to the Mediterranean. Stop and smell the roses at Jardin des Plantes, a 17-acre public park and botanical garden. When you need a breather, stop in Old Town and unwind with a drink at an outdoor cafe with views of the Capitole de Toulouse, an ornate, 18th-century Neoclassical building that serves as city hall.

From spires to space shuttles, this city has it all

Churches dominate the landscape in Toulouse, including the 13th-century Roman Catholic Toulouse Cathedral and the 11th-century Basilica of Saint-Sernin. If you really want to step back in time, pay a visit to Notre-Dame de la Daurade, a former Apollo temple turned basilica. But the city's past, present, and future are all represented at the Cite de l'espace, a theme park with exhibits on the history of aviation and space travel, an IMAX theater, and a planetarium. Musee des Augustins offers a fine collection of art from across the ages, including works created from the Middle Ages through the 20th century.

Look to the skies—rain and snow heading your way

In the hunt for a spot with a mild Mediterranean climate? Your Toulouse vacation rental lets you enjoy warm but comfortable summers with sunshine and highs in the low 80s. Things start to cool off a bit in the fall, but even then, highs hover around the mid-50s. Winter typically sees temperatures staying above freezing, but don't be surprised if you get a light dusting of snow in January and February. The city enjoys steady rain throughout the year so always keep an umbrella handy, particularly during the spring, the city's dampest season.

A watery wonderland from sea to shining sea

Tucked away near the border with Spain, Toulouse sits halfway between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. While waterways, from the Canal du Midi to the Garonne, flow across the landscape, the city's most iconic symbol is a flower: the violet. There's nothing like a walk through the city when this flower is blooming and purple patches pop up across the scenery. If you really want to get lost in a colorful setting, the Pyrenees Ariegeoises Natural Regional Park is a 2-hour drive south. There you can hike across white-capped mountainous and green valleys dotted with sparkling blue lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.